Top 25 College Football Recruiting Commitments of September
September was a month that had many commitments from players who will make an impact in college football. The month started with a bang and ended with another significant commitment.
Being the college football season's first full month, September usually marks the start of significant official visits. With a recruit having the chance to see a program up close and personal, more commitments are subsequently made.
An offensive tackle used September to announce his intentions to block for an SEC powerhouse, while a running back committed to a Pac-12 program whose offense perfectly suits his style. Also, several low-profile prospects made commitments to schools that will make them big-time players.
25. Jaylen Johnson, DE
Boise State got good news in September, as 3-star defensive end Jaylen Johnson pledged to the Broncos. Johnson, who is from southern California, is a typical hard-working and versatile Boise State prospect.
At 6'3" and 232 pounds, Johnson is undersized but plays big. He has good strength, can work his way under a blocker's pads and walk his opponent into the backfield with power. Johnson also can play outside linebacker, plus he will make an impact on special teams.
24. Brendan Landman, TE
Although he is a only a 2-star prospect, Brendan Landman could develop into a great tight end in the Pac-12.
He committed to Arizona State on September 22, as he will be able do some damage in the Sun Devils' spread offense.
Landman, who is 6'6" and 220 pounds, has adequate speed and quickness. However, his long arms, solid hands and ability to attack balls at their highest point will allow him to score some touchdowns in the red zone during his stay in the desert.
23. Gary Brown, OG
Georgia Tech's option offense calls for athletic offensive linemen who can perform an array of different blocks. That is exactly what it got when 3-star guard Gary Brown committed to play in Atlanta last month.
Brown, who is from Florida, is a 6'3", 293-pound blocker who has good movement skills at the line of scrimmage. He's quick out of his stance, plays tough and strong at the point of attack and can pull, trap and down-block.
ACC defenses are often annoyed with the blocking style of the Yellow Jackets offensive front, and Brown has the skills to continue Georgia Tech's menacing ways in the trenches.
22. Everett Williams, OLB
Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is an offensive-minded leader, but he knows that if the Golden Gophers want to ascend up the Big Ten ladder, then they will need to have a strong defense.
So Kill went out and got 3-star linebacker Everett Williams from Texas. A 6'2", 222-pound defender, Williams can stand up at the line of scrimmage to jam tight ends or settle on the second level as a traditional outside linebacker.
He will also help cover kicks and punts for Minnesota.
21. Coray Keel, WR
A sleeper receiver prospect, Coray Keel is going to surprise a lot of people at Indiana. He has great initial quickness when releasing off the line, which allows him to jump on top of cornerbacks.
At 6'3" and 190 pounds, the Georgia native flashes the ability to run crisp routes. Keel also has a deceptive burst to separate from coverage at junctions, plus he can attack the ball with his mitts in traffic.
Indiana may have a diamond in the rough in this 3-star prospect.
20. Ish Witter, RB
A 3-star running back, Ish Witter is a short, compact runner at 5'8" and 190 pounds. He runs bigger and tougher than his listed size, is capable of challenging linebackers in interior holes and has adequate strength.
However, the Tampa native's main asset is his burst. Witter is a darter who can hide behind offensive linemen, be patient to read his blocks and then shoot upfield when he finds a crease.
With Missouri running a spread offense, Witter will be a weapon as a third-down back.
19. Lubern Figaro, S
Lubern Figaro is a 3-star safety who is capable of holding his own on the back-end, but he fits better in the box. The Massachusetts native is great versus the run, as he finds the football quickly and attacks the line of scrimmage.
Figaro, who is 6'1" and 180 pounds, has no issues when asked to fill gaps and challenge running backs. He takes the quickest possible path to the ball, has solid awareness in zone coverage and flashes the skills to be a solid in man-to-man coverage.
He committed to Wisconsin in September.
18. Qadree Ollison, RB
Qadree Ollison is a 3-star power back who is a one-cut runner. The 6'1", 225-pounder can attack a defense with downhill force, shows solid vision and does a good job of allowing his blocks to set up.
Ollison, a New York native, has great strength and power. He can break tackles, has deceptive agility and can rumble upfield once he gets his legs going. Ollison's solid hands will let him catch a pass or two while playing at Pitt.
17. Thomas Wilson, ATH
It will be interesting to see where 3-star athlete Thomas Wilson plays at Missouri. He could find a home at running back, receiver, safety or cornerback.
A quicker-than-fast athlete, Wilson is a 5'11", 175-pounder from Georgia. He has impressive toughness, as this is a physical player who is not afraid to challenge bigger opponents. Wilson has good movement skills, can elude defenders with the ball in his hands and plays with solid instincts.
16. Marcel Joly, CB
Iowa is a program that is constantly in need of more speed, quickness and athleticism. That is why 3-star athlete/cornerback Marcel Joly is such a huge commitment for the Hawkeyes.
When he committed on September 23, Joly pledged to bring his explosive movement skills with him. He is 5'11", 182 pounds and has loose hips, quick feet and terrific quickness.
Joly can play off-man, press-man and zone coverage, plus the Maryland native should get a chance to return kicks and punts for head coach Kirk Ferentz.
15. Chandler Leniu, LB
Washington State may have found its future defensive leader in 3-star linebacker Chandler Leniu. The southern California native is a warrior on the field, as his intensity and passion have the ability to rally his teammates.
Leniu, who is a stout 6'1" and 230 pounds, is always looking to attack. When he reads his keys, he fires to fit inside gaps and blows up plays. Leniu can slip blocks with quickness, and he also has the athleticism to buzz back into coverage and make an impact in the intermediate and underneath passing game.
The Cougars are going to love this guy.
14. Adam Soesman, S
Although there are faster and more athletic safeties than 3-star prospect Adam Soesman, not many have the quick read-and-react skills displayed by him.
Soesman, who is from California, is a 6'2", 190-pound Oregon State commit. He makes quick decisions on the field, doesn't get fooled often by misdirection and is instinctive in the box.
Soesman will fit inside holes by attacking the line of scrimmage, can sift through traffic to track the run and flashes adequate cover skills.
13. Chris Jones, WR
While he may not make a ton of electric plays, 3-star receiver Chris Jones still projects as a solid player in college.
The top receiver at national powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Maryland, Jones has played in big games, and against great competition.
At 6'3" and 185 pounds, Jones has good wiggle for a bigger and longer receiver. He seems to understand how to set up cornerbacks with subtle movements through his routes, has great hands and will challenge defenders like a strong running back when transferring upfield with the ball.
Jones committed to Wisconsin on September 18.
12. Ryan Izzo, TE
Ryan Izzo is a 3-star tight end who committed to Florida State on September 23. He is from New Jersey and could make an impact as a receiver and blocker.
Izzo, who is 6'6" and 220 pounds, has good quickness to get out of his stance. He can elude pressing linebackers at the line, has solid speed and soft hands. Izzo is a willing blocker who can set the edge, play big and has the strength to sustain blocks.
11. Ryeshene Bronson, WR
A 4-star prospect, Ryeshene Bronson should be dynamite for South Florida. He's one of the most courageous receivers in this year's class, as Bronson doesn't have any issues battling defenders in traffic for balls.
At 6'3" and 180 pounds, Bronson has a great burst off the line to launch upfield. He's dangerous at the stem of his routes, because if a cornerback misses his jam on Bronson, the play is likely over.
Bronson has exceptional hands, as his concentration, ball skills and ability to adjust to throws are impressive. He's not overly fast, but he possesses just enough speed to be a threat to safeties.
10. Noah Brown, ATH
Ohio State has itself a wonderful project in 4-star athlete Noah Brown. Although the 6'2", 212-pound New Jersey native can play running back, tight end, linebacker or strong safety, receiver may be a spot of success for him.
Brown has great athleticism, speed, quickness and agility. He can bully cornerbacks on the perimeter, has the strength to power through tackles with the ball and can run deep.
He appears to be an excellent developmental offensive player for the Buckeyes' spread-option attack.
9. Juwann Winfree, ATH
Although he plays cornerback at times, 4-star athlete Juwann Winfree could become a great safety. He stirs up memories of former Oklahoma safety Brodney Pool.
Winfree, who is from New Jersey, is 6'2" and 180 pounds. He can sit on top of a defense, has the speed and quickness to shoot out off the hashes and his cover skills as a cornerback come in handy when asked to line up over slot receivers.
Winfree has excellent ball skills, as he catches with his hands away from his body. He committed to Maryland on September 27.
8. Tyreek Hill, RB
A 4-star running back, Tyreek Hill can do a little bit of everything for an offense. He's not the biggest runner in the country at 5'8" and 185 pounds, but he can run slightly stronger than his listed size.
Hill does his most damage in the passing game, as he can release out of the backfield, make proper decisions on option routes and separate with quickness. He has the ability to get to the edges as a runner, plus he can be a solid returner on special teams.
Hill is committed to Oklahoma State.
7. John Bonney, S
John Bonney is a 4-star safety who is committed to Texas. He gave his pledge to the Longhorns in early September, as his instincts and anticipation skills will be welcome in Austin.
Bonney, who is 6'0" and 185 pounds, has average speed, but he shows good athleticism in space. He can play both safety positions, defends the seams with passion and shows good ball skills. Bonney can roll into the box, read running plays and assist linebackers.
6. Keyon Brown, DE/OLB
Keyon Brown is a 4-star defensive end prospect who is a natural when it comes to rushing the passer. The Florida native committed to Georgia, where he is expected to move to a stand-up outside linebacker role.
Brown, who is 6'3" and 230 pounds, has good first-step quickness on the edge. He's a crasher who can bend, has good athleticism and flashes some power when attacking the passer. Brown also has the ability to drop into underneath zone coverage.
5. Tony James, RB
A speedy 4-star running back, Tony James gave his pledge to Oregon last month. The Florida native is an ideal fit in the Ducks' uptempo spread attack, as he is lethal in space and on runs to the perimeter.
At 5'10" and 170 pounds, James can dodge defenders with quickness, has good vision and runs with great instincts. James can also factor into the passing game by being utilized on screens, swings, option routes, delays and checkdowns, among other patterns.
4. Davon Godchaux, DE
Davon Godchaux is a 4-star read-and-react type of defensive lineman. He is listed as a defensive end, but he could grow into a defensive tackle early in his college career.
The Louisiana native shows average quickness at the snap but plays big at the point of attack. He has heavy hands to punch blockers, great strength to anchor and does a good job of occupying offensive linemen.
At 6'4" and 265 pounds, Godchaux has the potential to be a solid defensive lineman at LSU. He may not notch many sacks or make a ton of dazzling plays, but he will get the job done.
3. Nifae Lealao, DL
Nifae Lealao finally made it official with Stanford in September. The northern California native is a great fit for the base 3-4 defense head coach David Shaw runs in Palo Alto.
Lealao, who is 6'5" and 282 pounds, will play the 5-technique for the Cardinal. He's a defensive tackle at heart, as the 3-4 end position best suits his strengths. The 4-star prospect can explode at the snap, play like a giant at the point of attack and hold his own versus powerful blockers.
Lealao can work his way into the backfield with strength, can play with leverage and has solid athleticism in pursuit.
2. Adarius Pickett, CB
Adarius Pickett is a 5'11" and 175-pound cover corner who committed to UCLA in September. He has the potential to become a premier player at his position in the Pac-12.
The Bruins are getting a cornerback with solid size, long arms and loose hips. He can mirror receivers at the line with agility, has great short-area quickness to shoot out of transition and has good speed to recover if he misses his jam.
Pickett can play zone coverage thanks to having disciplined eyes, great awareness and the savvy needed to recognize route combinations. Do not be shocked if he sees time as a true freshman in Westwood.
1. Cameron Robinson, LT
Without question, the biggest commitment in September was made by 5-star left tackle Cameron Robinson. The big Louisiana native announced he would suit up for Alabama next season on September 4.
Robinson, who is 6'5" and 330 pounds, has the athleticism of a receiver. He's a dancing bear who can protect the passer with solid technique, natural knee-bend and great agility. Robinson can quickly roll out of his stance, mirror rushers in space and adjust with ease.
He's a strong blocker in the running game, as he can reach up to linebackers on the second level and hit moving targets. Robinson is a rare offensive line prospect who will be ready to play in the trenches of the SEC as a true freshman.
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